How to Make Decisions

Decision-making is incredibly difficult, especially for us analytical types. 

Fact: We rarely have enough information to make a guaranteed-to-be-correct decision. 

In most cases, the decisions we make are educated guesses. That’s not comfortable. But it means that to get better at making decisions, you must embrace uncertainty. You must be okay with not knowing the right decision until after you’ve made it.

The mark of successful decision-making isn’t that you always make the right decision, it’s that you make more decisions with greater confidence.Read More

If You Feel Like Something Is Missing, It’s Probably This…

Imagine for a moment that you’re the main character in one of your favorite epic movies. For me, that would mean Frodo from Lord of the Rings or Maximus from Gladiator. Now snap back to your life and compare the two.

Why is it that these movie characters are so appealing to us? They’re in grave danger constantly and have a lot of terrible things happen to them. And yet, I can’t help but sit in my seat and think, “Man, that would be exciting.”

Their heroic feats and wild adventures stand out as the main appeal. But there is something beneath that surface-level analysis, something that’s core to a good and fulfilling life, something that’s easy to overlook.

Intention.Read More

This Easy Life Management System Will Make You Happier, Freer, and Twice As Productive

Here’s the conundrum: We want freedom, but we also want to do things that matter.

Doing what matters requires intention, but intention (i.e., having plans) can sometimes threaten one’s sense of freedom. Also, operating from a default state of freedom makes it difficult to generate intention to do meaningful things. What’s the impetus to decide you will work on that book idea? It doesn’t happen randomly. If you’re lucky, you’ll be inspired to work on important things sometimes, but not often enough to make a difference.

Giving yourself structure is the toughest part of being a self-employed “type B” person. Every part of me resists structuring my day, but I’ve realized that it’s mostly because of how it’s typically done. I can thrive under structure if I create it under my own terms.

So how can one maintain a feeling of complete freedom, yet consistently make progress towards their goals? Mini Habits is one strategy for consistent progress that I’ve talked plenty about, but it’s for habit development. What about areas outside of habit development that require daily intention? Is a to-do list really the best we can do?Read More

How to Destress Instantly With The Wave Method

I remember going to the beach as a kid in Florida. My favorite thing to do was challenge the waves.

It was a game. If I put my weak 10-year-old shoulder into the wave and didn’t fall down, I won. If I got knocked down, I lost. I also enjoyed trying to catch the football as a wave hit me (football simulator ’97).

What Makes Waves Powerful?

Waves are a powerful and sudden “delivery” of a large volume of water. Their power is found in the difference between taking a 10-minute shower vs. having all of that water thrown at you at once. A wave gathers up water (slowly or quickly, depending on the wave) and releases it in one move, crashing down on poor young Stephen.

The wave concept can be seen in many other areas.Read More

Making Work Fun: 15+ Productivity Experiments (Liveblog)

Welcome to the lab.

Today, we are going to undertake a revolutionary experiment, one that could change your plain grits work into a flavorful feast of productivity (or something like that). Let’s begin with phosphorus, er, I mean… the premise.

As people focus on getting motivated or using willpower to take action, there’s another approach to getting things done that trumps both.

Make it fun.

Have We All Overlooked a Great Opportunity?

Sebastian Smith was just an ordinary student… until he was hired for the best job in the world: a water slide tester. Smith was paid £20,000 to travel around the world for 6 months and test out various water slides for scientific factors such as “adrenaline” and “splash.” 1Read More